Providence College/Smith Hill Annex Grand Opening
Who: Providence College Reverend Brian J. Shanley, O.P.
What: Fr. Shanley will join other PC officials and members of the
Smith Hill and Chad Brown communities in celebrating the
grand opening of the College's Smith Hill Annex.
When: Friday, November 9, 2012 10:00 a.m.
Where: 231 Douglas Ave., Providence (the retail storefronts directly in front of Times2 Academy)
Providence College has recently leased 1,000 square feet of space at 231 Douglas Ave. which we are calling “Providence College/Smith Hill Annex.” This commitment grows out of PC's long-standing relationship with the Smith Hill and Chad Brown communities. The space is one of the storefronts in the Smith Hill Community Development Corporation's Capitol City Development project. It is available for use by campus and community groups as well as by persons interested in conversation, dialogue and collaboration between community and campus. (The Smith Hill CDC has also moved their operations to one of these storefronts. PC and the Smith Hill CDC are sharing a third storefront – in between the two mentioned above – as community space. So what has been vacant space on Douglas Ave. for quite some time will now be occupied and vibrant.)
The College began experimenting informally with the space during the spring semester of the last academic year. Several PC classes met there – with students from both the campus and the local community. The College plans to expand both the number and the variety of classes offered in the space. Youth groups have used the space for meetings and trainings. A local economic development group focused on Smith Hill meets there on a semi-regular basis. Several local non-profits have held retreats and strategic planning sessions in the space. A monthly potluck dinner has been initiated and plans are underway for a book group and even a yoga class. The goal is to see the space used each day in ways that increase interaction between people from the Providence College campus and from the local community, and which lead to longer-term collaborations.